Coven­try feels hon­oured

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bu­reau

SWIM­MING icon Kirsty Coven­try says she feels hon­oured af­ter hand­ing United States’ swim­mer Michael Phelps his last medal at the Olympics over the week­end in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Phelps, just like Coven­try, was mak­ing his fifth and fi­nal Olympic Games.

And he capped it with an­other ex­cep­tional per­for­mance claim­ing his 28th medal af­ter win­ning gold in the men’s 4x100m med­ley re­lay at the Rio Olympics. It was his 23rd gold medal. “Phelps and I both com­peted in 5 Olympics so it was an hon­our to hand him his last medal — Gold #23. Well done Team USA,” Coven­try said on Instagram.

Go­ing into the Rio Games Phelps had 22 Olympic medals to his name.

Coven­try has also made some in­di­ca­tions that the on­go­ing Games are prob­a­bly her last hav­ing rep­re­sented Zim­babwe since 2000.

It has also been a suc­cess­ful road for the Zim­bab­wean swim­mer over the past 16 years as she won seven of the coun­try’s eight medals at the Olympics.

While she made her first ap­pear­ance at the world’s big­gest sport­ing show­case in 2000, Coven­try’s first medals came in 2004, in Athens, Greece where she got one gold, a sil­ver and bronze.

In 2008, at the Bei­jing Games, Coven­try went on to win four medals — one gold and three sil­vers. But in 2012 she could not re­peat the same feat.

The 32-year-old is part of Team Zim­babwe tak­ing part at the Rio Games and had her last race on Satur­day.

She came sixth in the fi­nals of her favourite race, the 200m back­stroke. Just be­fore the 200m event, her bid early last week to win a medal in the 100m back­stroke had also failed as it ended in the semi-fi­nal.

She went into the Games hop­ing for her eighth medal but things did not go her way. De­spite the set­back, Coven­try re­mains Africa’s most dec­o­rated Olympian.

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